To learn more (and to rent!) this tiny house cottage in Quebec, Canada:
The owner, John, bought this tiny home from a couple who lived in it off-grid for 2 years while they built their permanent home. He made it more functional by adding plumbing (sinks, a toilet and shower), and by switching it from solar power to a 120 volt plug and play electrical system that is currently plugged into a sub panel (pony panel) from his main home.
The house weighs between 15,000 and 16,000 lbs, and measures 24′ x 8.6′ x 13.6′ on the outside. It’s insulated with Roxul in the floor, walls and ceiling, it has 2×4 framing, plywood sheathing, and cedar shakes on the outside. There is a Tyvek air barrier and a 6 mil super vapour barrier.
For heat, there is a small marine wood stove that is solid cast iron, and a wall mounted 1500 Watt electric heater.
For water, the tiny house has freshwater piped in from the main house. To protect the water line from freezing, John installed a product called a retro line. Here’s a link if you want to check it out:
From the website FAQ:
Q – Does the unit shut off when not required?
A – No. Retro-Line self-regulating heating cable systems increase heat output with cold but more importantly, decrease heat output with warmth. As a result, Heat-Line brand products are very energy efficient to operate, but do not completely shut off as they can only idle their output to a minimum amount. To completely shut off the system it must be unplugged or installed with a thermostat.
Because of the soil type and the proximity to the lake, a septic tank was not a viable option, so John has a 360 gallon insulated holding tank beneath the tiny house that needs to be pumped out a couple of times each year.
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Mat & Danielle
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John & Jenn, tiny house owners